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Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe, Tempe, AZ

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

4.6
4.6
2712 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
At Culinary Dropout, raise your glass to friends coming together. A place where food and music are life. Join us at happy hour for ice cold beer and our famous soft pretzels with provolone fondue. At dinner, a signature cocktail and slow braised 36-hour pork ribs are a perfect pair. While you and your crew enjoy damn good food and drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 240-1601

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Al-Hakim ShaBazz

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Culinary Dropout can accommodate your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Special Event Manager: (888) 312-5339

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Cross street

    1st and Farmer Ave.

  • Parking details

    Private lot and valet

  • Public transit

    Light rail adjacent

  • Entertainment

    Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,712 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Valley

    Good for groups

  • East Valley

    Hot spot

  • East Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. IG

    IngridG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent evening with outstanding and attentive service! The atmosphere is energetic, but on the loud side for us older folks! But loved it!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    The food and our waiter, Alex, were exceptional. I rated them 3 stars as we wanted to go to the “bar” that’s attached to the restaurant and to go in to order a drink, we had to pay an additional $10 “donation”, which lets be honest, was a cover charge. This is not ok. If I’m eating at your restaurant and the only place or order your seasonal drinks is from the bar, we shouldn’t have to pay a cover. Other than that, we’ll go back but not go to the bar.
  3. LA

    LesleyA

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Our resv made over a month ago via Open Table and requested the outdoor couches for our party of 6. Checked in for resv and was told by a hostess with slicked back hair "we'll have to see what other reservations need the couches"... wha? Stood there waiting after she spoke to the bearded manager (i guess) and finally got our couch 20 min later. Then drinks came 45 minutes after our resv... Food took another 40 minutes after that... what happened Culinary Dropout?? You used to have amazing service. Hugely disappointed. We always come for ASU games and know your place very well. Hope you can get it back together.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    First time at Culinary Dropout. When I drove to the parking lot it was pack but valet parking was available at no cost (tip) at soon as we check in we waited for a few minutes and our server was amazing, she took good care of us! The cocktails and drinks were great as well. The food…. Was ok only, nothing outstanding. Overall we had a great time and we will be back soon.
  5. TS

    TriciaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fun place for a dinner with friends and/or family. They had someone playing guitar/singing live and that was enjoyed by all in our group. Despite being very busy we were seated quickly with having a reservation and felt that our server did a great job.
  6. MM

    MistM

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super busy night but fun atmosphere! I highly recommend the special holiday sangria!
  7. M

    Margoe

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    BBQ pork belly nachos, very little pork, cheese tepid to cold and distribution of ingredients to chips not balanced. Shaved prime rib dip, bread seemed more stale than crispy crust and soft interior. Burger, bun out of proportion to patty butternut squash ravioli, pasta over cooked and the acidic component, overpowered the sweetness balance.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere, very energetic. Food was amazing and service was great. Maybe a little slow, but I suspect that was due to how busy it was. Come early because parking is a nightmare at this location. Parking lot is very small and street parking seemed to be full of residents from the surrounding condos.
  9. m

    miammiam

    Manitoba

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was outstanding in a very pleasant atmosphere. We would definitely go back.
  10. SB

    ShariB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food, and service. This is one of our favorite restaurants.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Sabrina was awesome
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting of friends to say thank you for all the help when we lost a very special person.
  13. c

    corey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    The DJ they had was over kill and really hard to have a conversation.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to town for Ironman and had a good experience In previous years. We had lunch and 2 dinners here it was excellent and the service was outstanding.
  15. DW

    DavidW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Best place to dine with friends or family you don’t want to interact with, music was so loud you could not have a conversation. We were fortunate enough to be seated at a table location comparable to the freeway entrance, people continuously rushing past our table almost bumping into us. We were especially fond of our first round of cocktails that arrived just as we had finished our appetizers. If you hate Brussels sprouts, order the roasted salmon with crispy Brussels sprouts, it’s actually a delicious salmon with twelve Brussels sprouts leaves, so you’re not even having to endure one Brussels sprout. Earlier in the evening when we were running behind schedule, we called and asked if we could extend our 6 pm reservation to 6:30 pm and we told we would have to wait until 7:45 pm if we changed our original plans. So we hustled and made our 6 pm reservation only to find the restaurant very busy at 6 pm but a handful of empty tables by 6:45 pm. Ordered a glass of wine long before dinner arrived so I could enjoy it with my meal (knowing it takes forever to get a drink) only to have to ask another server if they could bring one after the meals had been served. If you love dirty dishes sitting on the table while you’re eating dessert, you’ve found the right place !! But I don’t, so I set my plate on the bench next to me where it remained the rest of the evening. Highly recommend this restaurant if you’re over quiet relaxing evenings and good service. Cheers
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We love the Dropout, all locations. They were swamped as the ASU game had just let out. We had a reservation. We sat at our table for several minutes before water was brought over. We did not see a server for nearly 15 mins and he was a server helping out. We put our entire order in. Our app came fairly quickly, our drinks took forever. When our server caught up, she checked on us several times while we were eating. The bar was backed up the entire time we were there. Not the best showing. Also, you used to change several items on your menu based on the season. I feel like only a few items changed. With such a small offering, we are pretty burned out.
  17. e

    esdine

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place to go for a casual lunch/dinner. Great food and drinks.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    Was looking forward to the experience. Upon check in the hostess told us we had to be finished at 6:30 as they had the next round of reservations would be arriving and they needed the table. Our reservation was for 5:15. Hard to think we’d be expected to dine and be finished in an hour and fifteen minutes. Clearly profit is important but feeling rushed leaves me to never want to dine there again. Way too many good options. Tables are very close to each other so private business conversations are difficult.
  19. j

    jkdiner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, cool building and location, friendly attentive staff, delicious food!
  20. m

    msme

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We have been to this restaurant 5 or 6 times and generally enjoy it. Like many other restaurants, the prices have increased recently but the food quality not so much. Of the six of us, five had rolls or bread as part of the meal and all the bread products were dry and tasteless. This detracted from the meal and reduced the value of the dishes. Entrees costing nearly $30 should be better quality and all parts of the dish should be good quality & not an afterthought.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was good. Wish we dressed warmer cause it was cold inside. Has a warehouse type vibe. Service was decent, lot of new people being trained and one of the servers spilled beer on my lap while serving. Overall not bad but not great value for the price.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Music was very loud though.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Server was spot on with her recommendations.
  25. SF

    StephanieF

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The establishment is huge and the parking availability is not equivalent. We sat 'outside' and it was cold; we had to wear our coats until they finally turned on a heater for us. The service was exemplary and the food was delicious.
  26. k

    kerrbear2885

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED this restaurant. We were visiting from Chicago and loved everything about this place. Cool place, great cocktails and even better food. Highly recommend!
  27. C

    Cheesecake

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a good place for an energetic business lunch.
  28. JC

    JohnC

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always excellent.
  29. JW

    JWFoodie

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and I will be back! Food was excellent Love the event space! Will definitely consider for business functions
  30. HR

    HollyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone is so nice and the place itself is really clean
  31. MB

    MsBe

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff were amazing! The food is always excellent! We love hanging out at The Yard playing games and hanging with friends!
  32. M

    Michelesb

    Denver

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I had heard good things about this restaurant so I booked it for dinner for our last night in town for ASU family weekend. The restaurant is very cool looking and everyone working there was very nice and attentive. The food, however, was average. Nothing was hot. Fish and chips were warm at best. My daughter got soft pretzel bites with provolone fondue. The cheese comes and a tea light was lit under it to keep it warm. The cheese was not melted to start with and never really melted. The cheese was also not any kind of provolone that I have ever tasted or seen. Looked and tasted like velveeta. The meatloaf dish was good. Totally not worth over $100 for two meals and two appetizers. I wouldn’t go back.
  33. C

    Chris

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Usually I am pretty complimentary on the service at Culinary Drop Out, however this visit was not that. Slow service, unresponsive to our timing and of course was late to deliver appetizer and received at the same time as our meal.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  35. MM

    MavisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. My friend enjoyed her birthday. At first we couldn't get a good table but they were able to accommodate us. This is mos definitely a place to relax and unwind. Awesomeness.
  36. BB

    BethB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I was really excited about going to this restaurant while visting Tempe and I honestly am at a loss about what to say about our experience. As soon as we arrived, the vibe was off. The atmosphere is schizophrenic;, the service mediocre, and the food was nothing extraordinary. It was so bad we decided to leave after ordering appetizers. With that said, if you're looking for a high energy and loud environment to take Instagram photos and have drinks, this is your place. I just wouldn't make it a choice to if you plan to actually have a great meal.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We enjoy the Gilbert location often and this was our first time visiting the Tempe location. The food was not prepared as well as the Gilbert location and I think it is because they were very busy. My wedge salad was chopped up and very wet so it was not like a crisp iceberg lettuce salad. My wife’s hamburger was over cooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. The brussels sprouts were made well as were the pretzel bites and cheese fondue. I’m not one to complain so we just finished as much of our food as we cared for, but we will not be visiting the Tempe location again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, but slow to come out, as were the drinks. Our server was great and advised us that the kitchen and bar were very busy and food would take awhile. We have eaten here many times and it’s consistently good. We did notice the portions seem smaller than they have been in the past.
  39. SH

    SteveH

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun place!
  40. M

    Marlo

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good, portion size for one of the four meals was extremely small. Additional sides were needed. It was inconsistent with other experiences.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe is rated 4.6 stars by 2712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 87 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

149 S Farmer Ave, Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85281

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st and Farmer Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private lot and valet

  • Public transit

    Light rail adjacent

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Al-Hakim ShaBazz

  • Entertainment

    Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 240-1601

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Culinary Dropout can accommodate your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Special Event Manager: (888) 312-5339

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